Michelle Isenhoff

Year: 2016

All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr, 2014

Continuing my Top Four Historical Fiction Pics of 2016… This one falls squarely in the young adult category, though it is quite appealing to older readers. Obviously. Look at the litany of awards it won: Winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for fiction 2015 Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction Winner of the Australian International […]

The Nightingale, by Kristin Hannah, 2015

My third place historical fiction pick of 2016… This is the one that started me on a historical turn this year. I grabbed it along for spring break road trip and it ruined every other book I brought with me. The rest simply couldn’t compare. It is adult fiction, not young adult, with a bit […]

Zion Covenant Series, by Bodie Thoene

The bulk of my reading tends to be middle grade, supplemented by a hearty dose of young adult, but this year found me picking up more volumes of higher-level historical fiction. To cap off the year and carry me through the holiday season, I’m going to introduce you to my top four historical picks for […]

Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! by Laura Amy Schlitz

I’ve avoided this book for years. It was published in 2007 and won the Newbery in 2008, but it didn’t appeal to me. I like the history of the middle ages; it was one of my favorite courses in college. Still, I never picked this one up. Maybe it was the cover image. More likely, […]

The Captain's Dog, by Roland Smith

This is the story of Lewis and Clark as told by Seaman, Captain Lewis’s Newfoundland dog who accompanied the Corps of Discovery on their epic journey to the Pacific Ocean in 1804-6. I’d seen this book before and was very intrigued. I love history. I’ve taught this subject several times for homeschool as each of […]

Clean Indie Reads Reviews–Song of the Mountain

I know it’s my off week, but this is too fun not to post. Lia London from Clean Indie Reads has started a YouTube channel of super short video reviews of books listed on that website. Lia herself created this hilarious review for one of my middle grade books, Song of the Mountain. I simply had to […]

I'll Be Seeing You, by Lurlene McDaniel

I have to admit, this one was extremely sappy and predictable and I didn’t really enjoy it all that much. But my teen daughter loved it. And it’s clean. So I guess it’s worth a quick review for teens and parents of teens who like sticky sweet drama without all the hot and heavy. Lurlene McDaniel […]

The Thief (The Queen’s Thief, 1), by Megan Whalen Turner

This particular book won Newbery Honors back in 1996, I believe, but I almost didn’t stick with it long enough to find out why. The story is, in essence, a quest. One that starts out slowly, with not much going on except characterization. Which is excellent. I just wasn’t sure where it all was going […]

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